Social Media YouTube How to Change Your YouTube Profile Picture So you can look your very best By Simon Chandler Writer Simon Chandler is a former Lifewire writer who covered cryptocurrency, social media, AI and other topics. His work has appeared in Wired, TechCrunch, and The Verge. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Simon Chandler Updated March 18, 2020 YouTube Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email Your YouTube profile picture is often the first thing other YouTubers experience of your account and channel, so it's important that it's as eye-catching and as effective as possible. Accordingly, this guide explains how to change your profile picture, covering how to make the change on desktop and laptop computers, and also on smartphones. Change Your Profile Picture on YouTube in a Browser Changing yourYouTube profile picture is as easy as logging into your YouTube account. For desktop and laptop users (Windows and Mac), here's how to change it via YouTube: Go to youtube.com in a computer's browser. Click your YouTube profile picture, in the top-right corner of the screen. Click My channel. Click your profile picture. Lifewire / Chelsea Damraksa Click EDIT. Pick the image you'd like to use as your profile picture, or select Upload photo to choose a photo saved to your computer. You should keep in mind that it may take anything from several minutes to several hours for the change to register across all relevant accounts (e.g. it's also your picture for Gmail and Google Hangouts). How to Change Your YouTube Profile Picture Using a Smartphone or Tablet Assuming that you don't have a desktop or laptop computer readily to hand, you can change your YouTube profile picture using your smartphone or tablet. Regardless of whether you use iOS or Android, here's what you do if you have the YouTube app downloaded on your device: Open the YouTube app. Sign in to your YouTube account. Tap your profile picture in the top-right corner of the page. Tap My channel. Tap the Settings cogwheel icon. Tap your profile picture. Tap either Take a photo or Choose from your photos. Either take a photo or pick a photo saved to your device and then tap Use Photo. You should then see a message at the bottom of the screen, which reads, "Profile photo updated successfully."